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Review: Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories

Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society. I think this book spent a little too
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Review: Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book about the people and the company that brought you Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. As a kid I was introduced to these through shareware disks bought at the local Staples office store. It's interesting to hear what happened both before and after my introduction to
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Review: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. PetersonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars While I don't see myself conlanging any time soon, this was quite a fun read (and a pretty good book if you are interested in linguistics but don't know where to start!) There were quite a few examples from Game of Thrones (which I guess is the most
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars As a piece of cultural history this was OK. Some interesting stories, but they read more like the off-brand Kirk, Spock, and McCoy... Perhaps think of them as Kork, Speck, and McKay of the series called "Star Blazing" and you're good to enjoy without feeling weird about "space esperanto" and going to a different
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Review: E-Research Collaboration

E-Research Collaboration by Murugan AnandarajanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting collection of works on collaboration (if my highlights are anything to go by). There were a few elements in this book that deserve attention in my literature review.  The case studies that are presented don't help a ton in my contexts as they tend to be not related to the topic of collaboration as
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Review: Collaboration and Networking in Education

Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel MuijsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting book on collaboration in education. I was expecting it to focus more on the specific of collaboration, and less on the inter-organizational aspects. As such I found it to be a bit high level for my purposes. Still, this was an interesting book to read, even if I did end up skimming through sections
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Audioboom: I guess the free ride is over :o

I was logging into audiobook today to setup some short welcome notes for a workshop I am facilitating this coming week when I saw the attached notice... I guess the free ride for Audioboom (formerly audioboo) is over.  Luckily my workshop ends before the deadline for me to start paying, so here's to one last free ride...
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Review: The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary

The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. RaymondMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of essays on open source programming and culture. GoodReads tells me I've read this before, but I wonder if I just read the essay with the same name rather than the whole book (I didn't remember it, or perhaps I see it
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Adieu Raptr!

Well, in a couple of weeks Raptr is pulling the plug on the video-game social network which originally aimed to bring together a more unified view of gamers by allowing people to track the amount of time they put into playing games, showing off their achievements outside of closed and platform-specific views, and bringing people who play similar games together.  I actually liked this quite a
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Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key

Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
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Review: Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World

Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World by David ColemanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad read. The technology bit is a little outdated by this point. I think there is some good stuff here, if you ignore the technology. For a book that says that technology and process need to go hand-in-hand, it sure does focus on technology a
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Trolling Axanar

I saw this the other day on AxaMonitor's facebook page, a trolling post from TampAxanar (a humorous reaction to the Axanar debacle?). I did smile a bit at the well deserve ribbing  of Alec Peters, but there is still a part of me that wants to see the damned thing produced.
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Good Adds up?

I guess this is one of the new facebook things: Good adds up.  I suppose it's a positive way to look at things.  Some people in my timeline have gotten videos, I got a more static infographic page. Yes, it's all Greek to you😜
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Review: The Butcher of Anderson Station

The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite an interesting background story for Fred. I don't remember if I saw this on the TV show, I guess I need to rewatch. Sets up an interesting juxtaposition between Earth/Mars and the Belters, and provides some history for the Belters. View all my reviews
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Review: Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning

Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning by Lone Dirckinck-HolmfeldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this particular book on Networked Learning. It provided a nice balance between theory and actual practice. I think I am addicted to this Networked Learning thing.  I have a three more books on my to-read list on GoodReads, and I bookmarked the proceedings for
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Five Star Review

A little humor from this weekend's SNL.The thing was pretty funny, but I really disliked the lack of attention to detail.  Petros (πέτρος) is a Greek name, whereas if they were going for Russian - which I think they were based on the accent that the Uber driver had - the name should have been Piotr (Пётр).
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Swarm year in review

Well, 2016 is done,  and one more social media app sent me my comings and going from last year.  This time around it was the Swarm app - formerly known as foursquare before the rebranding.It's not surprising that my most checked-in places are train stations (spent quite a lot of time in them last year, not just going to and from work, but also on our trip to Spain in October).  It's
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Facebook's year in Review

Figured out how to extricate this from facebook and upload it to YouTube.It's a little inaccurate (some old photos of me where tagged by someone, and I don't often post photos of myself on facebook, so that isn't as accurate as people who post a lot of Fb) - but it's fun to look at anyway. Και του χρόνου!
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Publons Year end Review.

The other day Publons, a service in which people can get credit for performing peer reviews for academic journal articles, sent me a link to my year-end-review.  Just like other year-end-reviews, I don't really treat it as a report card, but rather  as a "huh!, ain't that interesting!".  I think the old saying of you get out of something what you put into it is quite true with these
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Something from class: social media in the past

For the past few weeks I've been facilitating a workshop on Social Media in Online Education.  The following graphic in one of the participant's final presentations made me smile :-)
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Connecting on Miitomo

Seems like I haven't really found many friends and colleagues on Miitomo yet (maybe I am not the right demographic?)  So, if you're reading this, try it out and connect ;-)
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Trumpcademics

This has been making the rounds on social media this week: a fictitious article mocking presidential candidate Donald Trump by writing an academic article in Trumpspeak.  We've got the best data. Premium stuff! Pretty funny ;-)
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I'm 88 eh? You don't say!

The other day I took one of those silly Facebook tests. You know, the ones that ask you some limited amount of questions and they tell you something about yourself (your ideal profession, your age, your brain capacity, when you're going to die - whatever).  This is nothing new, I remember doing silly tests like these since I started surfing the web in 1995 (hey, remember the Spark, and their
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Adieu, LiveMocha

Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away.  The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning.  So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and  I could use those points to the in turn learn something new.  It allowed someone to be
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Study in school...or else!

The other day in facebook this image came up in my timeline.  It's in Greek, but basically the text translates as:Dad: If you don't study (hard) you will become like this guyHobo: I am professor!I guess regardless of the country, there are issues in higher education.  In the US we have a high population of (low paid) adjuncts, and in Greece you have tenured folks making less than what adjuncts
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Consume Zombies

Some creepy images on consumption and zombieism...courtesy of the folks I follow on facebook.  Romero would approve ;-)Donald Trump during an election yearKeeping up with the...what now?
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Star Wars characters as Calvin & Hobbes

Something found on social media recently, Brian Kesinger has drawn up some of the new Star Wars characters in Calvin & Hobbes style :-)  Pretty cool for those who love C&H :-)
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Star Wars Engineer

Seems like this is one of the things that is popular this week on the internet:  The Death Star Engineer giving a speech - or rather an explanation - of why his design was sound, and it was only because "magic space wizards" were involved that it blew up ;-)  Pretty funny if you ask me :-)
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iPod, I am your father!

This seems a little dated these days, I mean...what "kids these days" will remember an iPod classic? ;-)  That said, here's another find from stories from the facebook wall
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Adieu TvTag...

Well...I guess it's time to bid adieu to TvTag :-/.  This is a social television watching service that took over the old GetGlue once GetGlue was bought by i.TV.  The concept behind GetGlue, and later on TvTag was that you could check into shows that you were watching, you would thus have an opportunity to see what your friends were watching, get some recommendations for television shows,
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Adieu, Orkut!

Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
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Ακόμα δεν υπάρχει μια λύση για το Google Reader.

Σε περίπου ένα μήνα, και όσο είμαι σε διακοπές, το Google Reader θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Ακόμα δεν έχω βρει μια λύση που να μου αρέσει αρκετά.  Ακόμα χρησιμοποιώ το Google Reader μέχρι να τα φτήσει, από το iPad με το Reeder και από το Nexus μου
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Zuni.gr podcast...

Άκουγα τις προάλλες ένα podcast από το metablogging.gr και είχαν ως καλεσμένους δύο τύπους από το zuni.gr. Έγινα μέλος στο κοινωνικό τους δίκτυο, δεν έχω φίλους επειδή πήγα κάπου αλλού πανεπιστήμιο, και δεν προσκάλεσα κανέναν φίλο επειδή
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